Matt Badiali, who now many recognize as an investing guru and author, began his career as a scientist. He studied at Penn State University from where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences. He then embarked on a Master of Science in Geology after which he joined the University of North Carolina for his PHD. At the time he had not thought of going into the world of finance, however, a friend who had noticed his analytical skills and despite holding a PHD in Finance himself encouraged him to try and become an investor.
Given his unique understanding of scientific areas of investment, Matt Badiali could offer a fresh perspective on investing to everyday Americans. He chose to focus on investments ranging from metals, energy, and natural resources. He understands the science behind these investments, and it is no wonder his readers have attained double-digit returns. One of the ways he is able to achieve this consistently is by ensuring that he does not just look at the books, but rather he takes a ‘boots on the ground’ approach. This approach means that Matt Badiali takes his time to visit the mines and areas of operations such as oil rigs to ensure that whatever he sees on paper is exactly what is happening on the ground.
It was therefore important that when such a busy investment guru got an opportunity to sit down with us for an interview, we took the opportunity and tried to understand what motivates him.
One of your most important startups has been your investment newsletter, how did you get the idea?
After assessing my unique experience and education, I recognized I was in a position where I could advise readers on investments in my core areas of understanding. Given that natural resources are highly speculative, you require a unique skill set to be able to make investment decisions on them.
What is the one trend that is really exciting for Matt Badiali?
We are experiencing a change in the energy sector that is seeing us moving from fossil fuel towards an electric-centric world. This change, however, is limited by battery capacity, and even though I don’t think lithium is the answer, technology will eventually take us there.